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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) | NYC Department of Finance (DOF), NYS Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF)

1. How it Works

STAR helps lower property taxes for eligible homeowners who live in New York State school districts.

  • There are two types of STAR benefits depending on household income:
    • Basic STAR is for homeowners whose total household income is $500,000 or less. The benefit is estimated to be a $293 tax reduction.
    • Enhanced STAR is for homeowners 65 and older whose total household income for all owners and spouses who live with them is $92,000 or less. The benefit is estimated to be a $650 tax reduction.
  • If you’re eligible for the STAR credit, you’ll receive a check for the amount of your STAR savings.
  • Senior citizens getting Enhanced STAR may also be eligible for the Senior Citizens Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE).
  • You do not need to register for STAR if you are a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption.

2. Determine your eligibility

There are two types of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. To be eligible for either, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions:

  • Is the property the primary home of at least one of the owners?
  • Do you live in one of the following types of housing?
    • a house
    • a condo
    • a cooperative apartment
    • a manufactured home
    • a farmhouse
    • a mixed-use property, including apartment buildings (only the owner-occupied portion is eligible)

For Basic STAR:

  • The combined income of all owners who live in the home and their spouses must be $500,000 a year or less.
  • If you owned your property and received Basic STAR in 2015-16 but later lost the benefit, you can restore the exemption. To restore your Basic STAR, your income must be $250,000 or less.

For Enhanced STAR:

  • If you currently receive Basic STAR, you may be eligible for Enhanced STAR if you will be 65 or older in the calendar year in which you apply. The total income of all owners and resident spouses or registered domestic partners cannot exceed $92,000.

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Driver’s license or official photo I.D.
  • Passport

Proof of your income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can apply for Basic STAR with the Department of Finance if you owned your property and received STAR in 2015-16 but later lost the benefit and would like to have it restored.

You can apply for Enhanced STAR (E-STAR) online with the Department of Finance

  • if you are a Basic STAR recipients who are eligible for Enhanced STAR,
  • if you will be 65 or older in the year which you apply and have had a STAR exemption on your property in 2015-16.

If your income is greater than $250, 000 and less than or equal to $500,000, you can register online for New York State STAR tax credit or by calling 518-457-2036.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the STAR website for more information.

Email STAR

Email the NYC Department of Finance if you have question about STAR.

Call 311

Ask about the School Tax Relief Program (STAR).

Call for New York State STAR

Contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at 518-457-2036 for more information about the New York State STAR tax credit.

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Last Updated Wednesday, March 23rd, 1:02pm

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